The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) held its annual awards ceremony at at Motor City Casino Sound Board November 6 to honor the best of the best in commercial real estate. It was a huge afternoon for Bedrock Real Estate Services. Three of the company’s historic downtown Detroit properties won local The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) awards including One Campus Martius, the Federal Reserve Building (160 West Fort Street) and the Wright Kay Building (1500 Woodward Avenue).
Bedrock was also honored with a leadership award for Corporate Member of the Year which recognizes industry professionals making a difference in education, engagement, cultural innovation, consumer experience and outstanding business values.
“To have three of our properties win means we are best in class and people are recognizing that. It makes me very proud,” said Krista Capp, Bedrock’s Vice President of Property Management. “It’s absolutely overwhelming. It’s not just about reputation and prestige, it’s about the process and making a difference and raising the bar.”
TOBY awards are the highest honor a building can receive in the commercial real estate industry, recognizing excellence in office building ownership and management. All facets of a building’s operations are thoroughly evaluated during the judging process including: safety and security, tenant relations, community involvement, emergency preparedness, environmental stewardship, and continuing education for building personnel.
“It’s the little things that make the biggest difference,” said John Guardiola, Bedrock’s Vice President of Engineering and Sustainability. “When we tell people we have the Blocal blog, or tenants can pay their rent online, they’re blown away. We’re up against huge national real estate companies, and it doesn’t matter if it’s the largest category or the smallest category, we can compete in all of them. To have three of our buildings win an award tells us that we are the best in what we do.”
Here’s more information about the winning buildings!
One Campus Martius (the former Compuware building) is a 1,000,000 square foot landmark office tower in the heart of downtown Detroit overlooking Campus Martius Park. The 15-story tower has a breathtaking glass atrium with a 14-story water sculpture. It was built in 2003.
The Federal Reserve Building, located at 160 West Fort Street, is an 8-story mid-rise which dates back to 1927 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building underwent an extensive and stunning renovation.
The historic Wright Kay Building at 1500 Woodward Avenue dates back to 1891. The Queen Anne style building with brick and brownstone trim features distinctive corner turrets. The building is home to John Varvatos, Wright & Company restaurant and various other tenants.
“We are proud of the entire Bedrock team for their outstanding efforts and honored to receive this prestigious recognition from BOMA,” said Jim Ketai, Managing Partner and CEO of Bedrock. “We also thank our tenants and Family of Companies team members who bring our buildings to life with energy, excitement, creativity and innovation every day.”
Local winners now go on to compete in BOMA’s regional competition. To learn more about BOMA and the TOBY awards, visit bomadet.org.
Written by Robin Schwartz for Blocal Detroit. Photos by Evan Gonzalez.
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